The strength in realizing I am weak
Romans 8:24-27: We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. (New Living Translation)
(Something different today.. at the end of the post is a video version of my journey today! Click on the play button).
Good to be back sharing my journey deeper into God’s awesome Word! Been an incredible two weeks since I last posted with a lot happening. Perhaps the biggest news for me was God calling me to start a ministry organization that will support and resource this blog and some of my pages on Facebook as well as support ministry outreach generally on the internet. Some really exciting plans a foot on that one! But more about that another time.
Today my focus is my weakness. As I prepared to go deep into Romans 8 I did my usual practice of expressing my sin and seeking forgiveness and it really struck me today how my sin is a struggle for me. And I realized that I simply can’t do it by myself, that I am just too weak. I need the Holy Spirit in my life to guide me to provide what I need but cannot provide.
Now I am the sort of guy who likes to be strong. I do a lot of weight training, I played Rugby Union last weekend and absolutely loved the heavy tackles and the full on physical confrontation. But I am also a leader, I am used to setting direction for a group of people, used to be the person who people rely on. Being strong is a big part of me.
And yet this morning God reminded me how weak I actually am.
For all my strength I massively struggle with sin. For all my strength I cannot really fully achieve what God wants of me. God showed me that I need to stop trying to do it by myself and rely way more on Him.As the reading says, And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness.
This past Sunday I watched a very old and wonderful woman in my church make her way carefully to the front of the church for prayers. The journey was made special by the careful assistance of guy in the congregation who walked alongside her assisting her. Without him, I doubt she would have made it, without the Holy Spirit, I doubt I will make it.
So what do I do? I pray for the Holy Spirit to come, to be part of my life, to be present each moment of the day. I invite and seek after the Spirit to be actively part of my life.
To guide me, to convict me, to give me strength.
Come Holy Spirit, come.
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